REEF members are the heart of our grassroots marine conservation programs. A diverse community of divers, snorkelers, and ocean enthusiasts support our mission to conserve marine environments worldwide.

This month we highlight Annette Felix. She has been a REEF member since 2006, and is an avid surveyor. She has conducted 465 total surveys in the Tropical Eastern Pacific and Hawaii regions. As a member of the Guardian Club, Annette supports REEF as a monthly donor. Here's what she had to say about her involvement with REEF:

"When I started doing surveys, at first I didn’t know how the data was used, but I enjoyed focusing in on the fish in an area. As time went by, I joined REEF Field Survey Trips, where I met fellow fish surveyors from all over the country. Events like REEF by the Sea share how REEF makes an impact on ocean conservation, education and research with attendees. Attending these events also reunites me with REEF friends I have met along the way.

I became a Guardian Club donor for two reasons. The first is because, as a member of REEF, I felt it was important to support the programs they provide and I take part in. The second is I don’t have to remember to send a donation every year, it is done automatically! I feel honored to be part of REEF, helping to protect our oceans - one survey at a time!"

REEF Guardians provide ongoing support for our programs to study and protect the oceans. As a REEF Guardian, you can make a difference every day in our marine conservation work. REEF Guardians receive invitations to special events, plus a stunning photo of a Flasher Wrasse photographed by REEF Co-Founder Ned DeLoach. Click here for more information or set up a monthly recurring donation and become a REEF Guardian.